Bluestar centralizes manufacturing, launches new LSR grades, process technology

02/16/2012

New grades, a new manufacturing site, and a novel approach to liquid silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding that gives the molder, not the material supplier, control over the material's curing; those were the announcements made by Bluestar Silicones on the first day of MD&M West (Feb. 13-15; Anaheim Convention Center; Anaheim, CA).

After entering the North American market through acquisitions in Rock Hill, SC (PCL in 1988), and Ventura, CA (Applied Silicone in 1999), the Lyon, France based firm is seeking to more aggressively pursue the North American market with a relocation of its headquarters to York, SC, where it will combine manufacturing, quality, and R&D under one very large roof. The company is taking over a former Hella Lighting facility set on 21.5 acres with 190,000 sq ft of manufacturing and warehouse space plus 36,000 sq ft for offices and labs, investing more than $20 million....
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